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As White House editor Margaret Talev dug into the results of this week's Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index, she texted me and we hopped on a call with managing editor David Nather because we were so amazed by this finding:
Why it matters: This may be the most jarring evidence we've seen of just how deeply partisanship has infected our collective ability to trust institutional sources and agree on science and facts.
Reality check: The available data suggests those who believe we're undercounting coronavirus deaths may be right, says Axios health care editor Sam Baker.
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The pandemic is turbocharging telecommuting, new office layouts and a different work-life balance, Erica Pandey writes in the inaugural edition of her new weekly newsletter, Axios @Work, out later today. (Sign up here.)
Many of us are entering the second full month of working from home — and growing steadily accustomed to the lifestyle.
With many companies directing employees to work from home for the rest of the summer (or longer), lots of people are leaving urban hotspots, where coronavirus cases are concentrated, Axios' Kim Hart reports.
Families are changing. Suddenly, Americans are doing their jobs, schooling their children, and spending family time in the same space.
Workspaces are transforming. The offices that workers eventually return to won't look like those they left in March.
We say we're getting less worried about leaving our homes and taking part in large group activities, Axios Markets editor Dion Rabouin writes from the latest installment of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.
ProPublica — "an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism with moral force" — won Pulitzer Prizes for two series yesterday:
The N.Y. Times was awarded the most prizes — including in investigative reporting, international reporting and commentary.
America was going through the final stages of a political realignment even before the virus hit. Now, our biggest national crisis since World War II has set off a tectonic shift, transforming the country in ways we couldn't have imagined.
1) America was a divided country before COVID-19: President Trump’s election in 2016 was the culmination of a trend toward tribal politics in our country that began forming in the early 1990s. Early indications are that the fallout from COVID-19 will at least initially exacerbate these divisions.
2) For the next 180 days, Trump’s campaign will try mightily to make the election about a choice between him and Joe Biden.
3) Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, Trump entered his re-election race in a reasonably good position — undermined since the onset by his handling of the crisis and the economic devastation.
4) The six states that were considered battlegrounds before COVID-19 — Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — will continue to define the presidential contest.
Read the full memo by Doug Sosnik.
🥊 Action item: Edelman data suggests that business leaders can remain trustworthy if they focus on communicating routinely to employees and customers about measures to prioritize health and safety over business outcomes.
At least 100 million Americans are in states making assertive moves to reopen, or that had no stay-home orders to begin with, according to an AP tally.
Go deeper: State-by-state précis of reopening status.
"J.Crew Group Inc., which brought preppy style to malls across the U.S. in the 1990s before stumbling in recent years, became the first big retail chain to seek bankruptcy protection in what is expected to be a wave of defaults in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic." — Wall Street Journal
This is Fernando, a two-toed sloth, reaching out for a red rose to eat inside his habitat at the Phoenix Zoo.
The Toronto Zoo is live-streaming weigh-ins of red pandas, drawing tens of thousands of new social media followers, AP's Terry Tang reports.
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